Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to write about America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (h.r.3200).
My goal is to read the entire bill which is 1018 pages long and write about what it says. This way everyone who reads my blog will know what it says and not what all the spin-doctors are saying it says.
I agree there are many injustices in our current healthcare system both with insurance and healthcare itself. However, right now I’m not convinced that creating an even bigger more costly federal government is the best route to take, especially in our current economic situation. I would like to see tort reform and free healthcare clinics before this huge costly bill.
Enough stumping, and on with the show.
Today, I’m only going to go over the logistics of the bill itself. The opening statement of the bill says, “To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.
The bill is divided into divisions, titles, and subtitles.
Division A – Affordable Health Care Choices – 215 pages
Title 1 – Protections and Standards for Qualified Health Benefits Plans
Title 2 – Health Insurance Exchange and Related Provisions
Title 3 – Shared Responsibility
Title 4 – Amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
Division B – Medicare & Medicaid Improvements – 641 pages
Title 1 – Improving Health Care Value
Title 2 – Medicare Beneficiary Improvements
Title 3 – Promoting Primary Care, Mental Health Services, and Coordinated Care
Title 4 – Quality
Title 5 – Medicare Graduate Medical Education
Title 6 – Program Integrity
Title 7 – Medicaid & Chip
Title 8 – Revenue Related Provisions
Title 9 – Miscellaneous Provisions
Division C – Public Health & Workforce Develop – 162 pages
Title 1 – Community Health Services
Title 2 – Workforce
Title 3 – Prevention & Wellness
Title 4 – Quality & Surveillance
Title 5 – Other Provisions
I hope you will join me Monday on our journey through America’s Affordable Health Choice Act of 2009. Remember, to contact your Congress representatives and the President at www.congress.org to express your feelings about this important piece of legislation. More than anything else, pray! Add this to your prayer list.